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Climate Sentinels

Four women explore science in the high arctic

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

On the dawn of a new polar spring, four women will set off across a chaos of ice and black volcanic rock, covering hundreds of miles on skis. Their pursuit is science and a desire to show a new generation of young scientists how to gather data in one of the harshest—and yet most sensitive—environments on earth.

They call themselves the Climate Sentinels.

Three are glaciologists with degrees in snow science and long familiarity with winter climes. The fourth understands spectral…

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Visual

Shared Visions

The language of pattern

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

In Edison, i.e. gallery presents yet another cutting-edge exhibit with “The Language of Pattern.” Works by five distinguished artists seduce the viewer with patterns from folk art and nature.

Once again we find Allen Moe patiently exploring the “margin between order and chaos, searching for pattern that holds it all together.” His small works create surprising effects as he painstakingly drips minute amounts of paint onto a surface. Each new drop pushes the still-wet, previous…

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Food

Taste Test

More than a label

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

“You should never pick a wine because of its label” was one of the first things Ted Seifert told me and my friend Amber when we stopped by Seifert & Jones Wine Merchants on a recent afternoon for the Prospect Street store’s weekly Saturday wine tasting.

When I informed Amber the company known for supporting smaller wine importers and distributors was hosting a free blind taste testing during her visit to Bellingham, she was intrigued.

When we arrived, Seifert—who opened the vino…

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Outdoors

An Epic Ride

Biking across America

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The sketchiest part of Patrick McGinty’s bicycle trip across America last spring took place between New Mexico and Texas when, after making it 120 miles through three sandstorms and reaching speeds up to 50 miles per hour on his fully loaded touring bike, he was blown off his trusty two-wheeler by a strong crosswind gust.

This will likely be one of the many tales McGinty will share during the City of Bellingham’s first Travelogue presentation of the year Thurs., Jan. 16 at Whatcom…

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On Stage

City of Light

An American in Paris

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

“Life is not like your American movies,” the character of Lise tells her wannabe suitor Jerry in the stage version of An American in Paris as she informs him she doesn’t have the luxury of falling in love with him.

Ironically, the production of the play showing Sun., Jan. 19 at the Mount Baker Theatre was itself inspired by the 1951 Academy Award-winning American film of the same name starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, bringing the tale set in post-World War II Paris full circle.…

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Music

The Big Weekend

Make the most of it

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Like anything else, Bellingham’s music scene changes over time. Some of this has to do with musical preferences shifting between styles and genres. Some of it is the normal ebb and flow of things, the wax and wane that happens on a long enough timeline. Some of it can be attributed to simple evolution.

A cynic would say that the more things change, the more they stay the same, but I don’t share that viewpoint. I tend to believe that there are new things under the sun, as well as…

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Best of Bellingham 2019
Best Neighborhood

Sunnyland

The center of the universe has coasted north over the years of our annual Best of Bellingham reader survey—Columbia and Sunnyland neighborhoods feature a vital mix of charming long-established Craftsman homesteads, innovative businesses and artist studios. They’ve taken their share of infill, proving urban densities can make a city come alive. The city’s bike and pedestrian plans have matured in these neighborhoods. They feel centered. And it is not at all a coincidence that so many winners in our Best of Bellingham survey are located here.

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The Gristle
‘I Have A Dream’

‘I HAVE A DREAM’: To audiences large and small, the Whatcom County Executive took office this week in ceremonies of historic proportions.

Standing alongside family and friends, Satpal Sidhu was sworn into office in a well-attended ceremony in the Meridian High School auditorium over…

Community
Fierce Urgency of Now

Historical consciousness most often associates white supremacy and intolerance with the hooded robes, pointed hats and burning crosses of the Ku Klux Klan, just as it links social justice and racial harmony with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement. In many respects…

Rumor Has It
Chicken and egg:

For me, I’m not sure which came first: My love of music or my interest in politics, but I do know that for many years there was not a lot of overlap in that particular Venn diagram.

However, that all changed Mon., Jan. 13 when Hollie Huthman was officially sworn in as a member of…

Letters
Congress must act

The last time Congress fulfilled its exclusive constitutional authority to formally declare war was during World War II. Article I of the Constitution states that only Congress has the power…

Age of the sociopath

President Trump’s threat to destroy cultural sites in Iran because of verbal “threats” to the United States shows us something very important—his disregard for society as a whole, not…

Dupes and diplomats

The GOP has dissolved their credibility before our very eyes. They have become the very hypocritical souls they rail against—making a strong argument for their having some sort of mental…

Today's Events
A Forest of Words Poetry Competition

10:00am

Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter original poems for inclusion in an annual teen poetry anthology, A Forest of Words, through Sun., March 15. Along with having their poems published…

Deep Forest Experience

11:00am

Attend “Deep Forest Experience” events from 11am-2pm Fridays through Sundays through February at Rockport State Park, State Route 20, milepost 96. Guided hikes will depart hourly from the…

Paddling With Spirits

6:00pm

As part of Whatcom READS, Northwest Coast author Irene Skyriver will read from her award-winning book, Paddling with Spirits: A Solo Kayak Journey, from 6pm-7:30pm Friday at the Bellingham…

The Curious Savage

7:00pm

Alger Lookout Thespian Association (ALTA) concludes its 2020 show, John Patrick’s The Curious Savage, at 7pm Friday and Saturday, and 2:30pm Sunday at Alger Community Church, 1475 Silver Run…

Beauty and the Beast

7:00pm

Students from Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth present showings of the musical Beauty and the Beast starting this weekend at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the BAAY…

Contest of Crowns

7:30pm

Join Hamlet, Ophelia, Polonius, Mercutio, Juliet, Iago, Puck, Katherine, Isabella, Roselind, Helena, Cobweb, Benedict, Brutus, and Cleopatra when Shakespeare Northwest presents “Contest of…

The Revolutionists

7:30pm

As part of a Playwright Reading Series, iDiOM Theater presents staged readings of Lauren Gunderson’s The Revolutionists at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205…

Space Trek

7:30pm

The men and women of the USS Upfront will return to the stage when the popular improvised sci-fi show, “Space Trek,” returns to the stage for 7:30pm and 9:30pm performances Fridays and…

Pancake Breakfast

8:00am

Choose from pancakes, French toast or biscuits and gravy at a Pancake Breakfast taking place from 8am-11am at the Ferndale Senior Center, 1999 Cherry St. (next to Pioneer Park). Entry is…

Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Conference

8:30am

The 22nd annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Conference takes place from 8:30am-4pm at Whatcom Community College, 235 W. Kellogg Rd. This year’s theme is “Tomorrow is Today: The…

WNPS Field Trip

9:00am

“Forest Ecology with Marvelous Old Growth Examples” will be the focus of a field trip with the local chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society from 9am-4pm at Larrabee Park. The field…

Gluten- and Dairy-Free Cooking

10:00am

An “Easy Squeezy Gluten-Free/Dairy-Free Cooking” class happens from 10am-12pm at the Blaine Library, 610 Third St. Discover cooking tips and tricks using alternative products to make…

Skagit Eagle Festival

10:00am

Guided nature walks, presentations by guest speakers, watching stations, photography tours, multimedia presentations, sales by artisans and much more will be part of the 22nd annual Skagit…

Winter Farmers Market

10:00am

A plethora of vendors will have edible and creative offerings for sale at the first Winter Market of the season at the Bellingham Farmers Market’s Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave.…

Your Life is a Story Writers Group

10:30am

Write about what you know when poet and author Barbara Bloom leads a “Your Life is a Story” Writers Group from 10:30am-12pm in Sudden Valley at the South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Court.…

Deep Forest Experience

11:00am

Attend “Deep Forest Experience” events from 11am-2pm Fridays through Sundays through February at Rockport State Park, State Route 20, milepost 96. Guided hikes will depart hourly from the…

Womxn's March

11:00am

The third annual Bellingham Womxn’s March begins with inspiring speakers at 11am in front of Bellingham City Hall, 210 Lottie St. This year’s focus will be on reproductive rights, immigration…

Propagating Perennials

11:00am

Becky Paulik will guide participants through stem, root, and leaf cuttings, divisions, and the intricacies of seeding perennials at a “Propagating Perennials” workshop from 11am-12pm in Mount…

Seed Swap, Barter Fair and Skillshare

12:00pm

Learn skills and swap seeds and homemade goods to enhance our local resiliency at a “Seed Swap, Barter Fair, and Skillshare” from 12pm-4:30pm at the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207…

Camera Unobscura Workshop

1:00pm

In conjunction with Whatcom Reads, attend a Camera UnObscura workshop from 1pm-2:30pm at Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher Building, 250 Flora St. Attendees will explore early photographic…

Bird Smarts

2:00pm

As part of Whatcom Reads, attend “Bird Smarts: Surviving Winter in Whatcom County” from 2pm-3pm at the Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Dr. Find out whom you can expect to see in Whatcom County…

Discovering Sherry Tasting

2:00pm

Stop by for a “Discovering Sherry” tasting with Casa Venture Imports from 2pm-4pm at Seifert & Jones Wine Merchants, 19 Prospect St. Entry to the 21-and-over event is free.

Rising Above the Pain

4:00pm

Julie Hanft, author of Rising Above the Pain, leads a free seminar on living with chronic pain dubbed “Don’t Chase Life…Let it Walk With You” at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th…

Sunrise Night of Music

6:00pm

Lost Keys will perform at a “Sunrise Night of Music” fundraiser for La Conner Sunrise Food Bank taking place from 6pm-11pm at Maple Hall, 104 Commercial St. Beer, wine and appetizers will be…

Blue Abode Comedy Showcase

7:00pm

Jaci Terjeson, Brady Secules, Jack Stewart, and host Nikki Kilpatrick will bring on the laughs at a monthly Comedy Showcase at 7pm at the Blue Abode Bar, 2925 Newmarket St. Entry is $5 to the…

Patsy Cline Tribute Concert

7:00pm

Marcia Kline presents “Timeless,” a Patsy Cline Tribute, at 7pm in Sedro-Woolley at Magnolia Grill Hall, 214 Ferry St. The performance will feature multimedia duets, biographical snapshots…

Hot Club of Troy

7:00pm

As part of the Manouche NW Concert Series, the Hot Club of Troy will play music in the style of the renowned Quintet of the Hot Club of France and legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt at 7pm…

Whatcom Wind Ensemble Winter Concert

7:00pm

The Whatcom Wind Ensemble presents its Winter Concert at 7pm at Western Washington University’s Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. The semi-professional community ensemble features wind…

Space Trek

7:30pm

The men and women of the USS Upfront will return to the stage when the popular improvised sci-fi show, “Space Trek,” returns to the stage for 7:30pm and 9:30pm performances Fridays and…

Salsa Night

9:30pm

Join DJ Antonio Diaz as he mixes a combination of Latin rhythms at Rumba Northwest’s bimonthly “Saturday Salsa Night” taking place from 9:30pm-12am at Cafe Rumba, 1140 N. State St. The night…